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Cirrus Logic Guitar Orchestra

STEREO

Phil Spectrum and the Pantones

MAKE IT STOP HEB

BAZAARVOICE

HAAM BATTLE OF THE BANDS

PHOTOS BY GREGG CESTARO AND JOEL SALCIDO

April 28

Austin has lots of talented musicians who wind up HAPPENING NOW getting full-time day jobs. “There’s no shortage of people in Austin with skills enough to take the stage,” says Carolyn Schwarz of Health Alliance for Austin Musicians. So expect to be impressed at HAAM’s Corporate Battle of the Bands, April 28, at Antone’s. Now in its fourth year, the Corporate Battle of the Bands has more applicants than spots. Look for bands like Cirrus Logic Guitar Orchestra (above right), Phil Spectrum and the Pantones from Bazaarvoice (above left) and Make It Stop from H-E-B (bottom right). There’s a comaraderie among musicians in Austin that compels those with day jobs to help those choosing to pursue the musician’s dream, says Schwarz. Fundraising through Battle of the Bands helps HAAM provide access to affordable health care for Austin’s uninsured musicians.

The event is open to the public and is just $5 cover, so the audience can use its money to “vote” for the bands. Celebrity judges Amy Corbin of C3 Presents, who books bands for the Austin City Limits Music Festival, and Adrian Quesada of the GRAMMY-winning band Grupo Fantasma, will also select winners.

“These bands are actually really good. The judges are always surprised.” Bands are eligible for prizes like time at Ray Benson’s studio, passes to ACL, a gig at Stubb’s and gift certificates to Strait Music. All of which explains the serious competition. “These bands are actually really good,” says Schwarz. “The judges are always surprised.”

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